nodding acquaintance definition by Webster's New World
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- a slight, not intimate, acquaintance with a person or thing
- a person whom one knows slightly
nodding acquaintance - Phrases/Idioms
Superficial knowledge of someone or something, as in I have a nodding acquaintance with the company president, or She has a nodding acquaintance with that software program. This expression alludes to knowing someone just well enough to nod or bow upon meeting him or her. “Early 1800s]